According to a 2015 Journal of Accounting Research study, a leader’s competency is assessed within half a minute. This means people can quickly determine whether a leader is confident, trustworthy, or reliable. It’s important to be aware of your presence because it speaks volumes about your leadership style.
Reflect on how to project your voice
Learning how to project your voice is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.
Is speaking with confidence about inflecting your voice or is it a mindset?
Exercises to help you project your voice
Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to project your voice.
- Vary your pace and tone during a meeting. For example, slow down when you’re explaining a complicated idea and emphasizing important points to your team.
- Scrap the “ums” and “ahs” when giving a presentation. Practice your speech or presentation until you eliminate your filler words.
- Pause between when transitioning ideas or coming to the end of a sentence. Embrace the silence instead of adding filler words.
Additional resources to help you project your voice
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